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FOOTBALL: New Longhorns make ESPN’s impact transfer list

Posted May 14th, 2018

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Texas football will welcome two graduate transfers this fall and according to the Worldwide Leader, both have the chance to make the biggest impact in college football next season.

Offensive lineman Calvin Anderson and running back Tre Watson join the Longhorns in 2018 and both appear on ESPN’s list of transfers who will “shake up” college football in 2018. Anderson went to Rice after playing at nearby Westlake High School. He graduated this spring. He was coveted by a handful of programs and eventually picked Texas, where former high school teammate Breckyn Hager is a star on the defensive side.

ESPN writes: “The 6-foot-5, 300-pound Anderson twice earned honorable mention All-Conference USA honors with the Owls.”

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Anderson could make the biggest difference as he’ll almost certainly step in on day one and be a starter on the line.

Perhaps the most game-changing transfer could be Watson.

The former California running back will step in and compete in a crowded running back room, but a running back room that doesn’t include the team’s leading returning rusher from last season. That would be Sam Ehlinger, who is a quarterback. Watson tore his ACL in Week 2 last year but was the starting running back for the Bears. In 37 games he had 1,390 rushing yards while also piling on kick return and receiving yards.

ESPN writes: “He had 1,390 rushing yards, 657 kick return yards and 379 receiving yards for the Bears and gives Texas an exciting and experienced option in the backfield.”

Watson joins a running back group that includes experienced backs Kyle Porter and Kirk Johnson and sophomores Toneil Carter and Daniel Young. Lil’Jordan Humphrey scored two rushing touchdowns in the spring game and could be an option, meanwhile running back Keaontay Ingram is one of the Longhorns’ top recruits from the 2018 class.

 

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